Spring Comets & Curry Event: 23rd April 2022
Time: 7.30 pm to midnight
Maximum 80 places: Adults only.
Spring Comets & Curry Event Gift Package includes:
Lenticular notebook: lined pages, wire bound, 11 cms x 14.5 cms, cellophane wrapped
Exclusive Science Centre pen: outer colours vary
Exclusive Science Centre card with envelope: blank for your own message
The April Lyrid Meteor Shower is active between April 16 and April 25 every year and will peak in 2022 on April 22.
The radiant of the meteor shower is located in the constellation Lyra, near this constellation's brightest star, Vega. It is the oldest recorded Meteor Shower and according to some historical Chinese texts, the shower was seen over 2,500 years ago; no other modern shower has been recorded as far back in time. The source of the meteor shower is particles of dust shed by the long-period Comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher, which takes about 415 years to orbit around the Sun. The comet is expected to be visible from Earth again in 2276.
The April Lyrids are the strongest annual shower of meteors from debris of a long-period comet, mainly because as far as other intermediate long-period comets go (200–10,000 years) this one has a relatively short orbital period. Counts typically range from 5 to 20 meteors per hour, averaging around 10. As a result of light pollution, observers in rural areas will see more than observers in a city. Nights without a moon in the sky will reveal the most meteors so this year it is ideal with the peak occurring just before last quarter so we will not see the Moon at all during the evening. April Lyrid meteors are usually quite bright at around magnitude +2. However, some meteors can be brighter; known as "Lyrid fireballs", they can cast shadows for a split second and leave behind smokey debris trails that last minutes.
Even though we will have passed the peak we will hopefully see some of these shooting stars during the evening starting off in the northeast at low altitude.
While we don't use the telescopes to spot meteors, if the weather does permit you will get a chance to look at some other interesting celestial objects through the large telescopes.
The evening aims to be both informal and informative with a talk presented by a guest speaker. If the weather is unsuitable on themed evenings, the talk will go ahead regardless and a comprehensive tour of the telescopes will replace viewing.
There is a meat or vegetarian curry but there is NO alternative menu to the curry. The curry will be served with rice, naan bread and poppadoms. A bar will be available on the evening.
There is a meat or vegetarian curry but there is no alternative menu to the curry. The curry will be served with rice, naan bread and poppadoms. A bar will be available on the evening.
PLEASE NOTE: We do not cancel Evening events in the event of poor weather.
The Observatory Science Centre reserves the right to cancel an event due to low numbers, in which case an alternative date or full refund would be given.